With Marvel getting ready to unveil Avengers: Infinity War in theaters around the world, director Joe Russo appeared at a press conference over the weekend with producer Trinh Tran and stars Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) and Karen Gillan (Nebula). During the press conference, Joe Russo was asked about recent reports that the Indonesian censorship board is cutting seven minutes out of the movie, with the filmmaker revealing that he has no idea what footage will be cut, and that he was “shocked” to hear the news.
“This is a, I can’t imagine what seven minutes they would want to cut out of the movie. It’s the first we’re hearing of it so we’re a little taken aback, but yes, of course as an artist you don’t want anybody censoring anything or taking anything out of the film. This is a PG-13 movie, it’s not like it’s some radical piece of content so I’m a little shocked.”
Russo added that it was a “tough question to answer,” asking for Trinh Tran to respond, who joked that the seven minutes that will be cut will be scenes involving Robert Downey Jr.s’ Tony Stark/Iron Man. Indonesia’s Film Censorship Institute recently made headlines by cutting the word “Hanuman” from Black Panther for cultural reasons. Hanuman is a Hundi deity who is a central character in the Ramayana. Still, there is no indication as to what may be cut in Avengers: Infinity War.
Indonesia is one of several select markets that will get Avengers: Infinity War on April 25, including Australia, France, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand, with a number of other international markets debuting on April 26, including the United Kingdom, Greece, Hungary and Saudi Arabia, which recently lifted its decades-long ban on movie theaters. Given recent reports that Avengers: Infinity War has a massive 149-minute runtime, cutting seven minutes from the film may not be all that important, although it remains to be seen if we’ll find out more about what the Indonesia censorship board deemed unfit for its nation’s movie goers to see.
Regardless, Avengers: Infinity War is shaping up to be a huge hit, with early box office projections putting it in the $200 million range for its opening weekend, while more recent reports have predicted a $235 million opening weekend. If these projections keep rising, it’s possible that it could beat the opening weekend box office record of $247.9 million, set in December 2015 by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Given the buzz swirling around this movie, it wouldn’t be terribly surprising to see Avengers: Infinity War break box office records left and right, but we won’t find out for sure until April 27. The question about Indonesia’s censorship came at the end of a half-hour press conference for Avengers: Infinity War, which you can watch in its entirety below, courtesy of CNA Lifestyle Facebook, who was streaming the press conference through Facebook Live on Saturday.